Monday, March 20, 2006

What's my secret?

Blogger Ben Greenberg recently took a look at some newly discovered "secret" lists:

"The National Counterterrorism Center maintains a central repository of 325,000 names of alleged international terrorism suspects or people who aid them, a number that has more than quadrupled since the fall of 2003, according to counterterrorism officials.

The list kept by the National Counterterrorism Center - created in 2004 to be the primary U.S. terrorism intelligence agency - contains a far greater number of international terrorist suspects and associated names in a single government database than has previously been disclosed. "

This keeping of lists was a familiar practice of MSC -- lists of activists, license plates of those attending meetings, teachers, ministers ... Really just a microcosm of the same type of government officials who keep "custodial detention" lists, and other such data today.

Ben's blog continued ...

Meanwhile, here are several secret lists deemed so important from the Sovereignty Commission archives:

Suspended students from A&I University, Nashville, Tenn. (1961)

"Subversive Groups" U. S. Department of Justice

Names on the program of a Clarksdale NAACP meeting, October 5, 1958

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